MATHEW WAGNER - Friday, May 4, 2012
Ricardo Clark, Sean Cunningham and Stabæk search for an end to their Tippeligaen losing streak, while Steve Clark, Kenneth di Vita Jensen will try to extend its unbeaten start to the season.
Rosenborg Trondheim - Stabæk IF
Struggling Stabæk faces a team against which it has had great success in recent years, visiting third place Rosenborg, Friday.
American defender Sean Cunningham and midfielder Ricardo Clark should start at center back and center midfield, respectively.
Last year, Stabæk managed to win both games against Rosenborg (both at 2-1) and have won five of its last 10 league trips to Rosenborg.
That being said, Stabæk has struggled so far in the new term, collecting only one point through six games and riding a five-game losing streak. The team has the worst goal differential (-10), with the dubious dual-distinction of having conceded the most goals and scored the least amount of goals in the league.
Rosenborg will be without forwards John Chibuike and Michael Kleppe Jamtfall and defender Mikael Dorsin.
Stabæk will be missing forward Tostein Andersen Aase, who suffered a concussion in last Saturday's 2-0 loss to Odd Grenland.
Sandnes Ulf - Hønefoss
Hønefoss sees a familiar team when it travels to recently-promoted Sandnes Ulf Sunday.
American goalkeeper Steve Clark should start for Hønefoss after taking a break in the Norwegian Cup Tuesday, while striker Kenneth di Vita Jensen will look to make the squad.
Both Hønefoss and Sandnes Ulf earned promotion last season from the Adeccoligaen after finishing first and second, respectively.
The two teams have started life in the Norwegian first division well, with Hønefoss unbeaten so far and Sandnes Ulf sitting in ninth place.
Weaker opponents have helped Sandnes in recent weeks. It beat last place Stabæk 2-1 two weeks ago and 13th place Fredrikstad 4-3 last Saturday.
Sandnes Ulf could be without center back Edier Frejd and midfielder Andreas Westly. Hønefoss is not reporting injuries at this time.
Molde FK - Aalesunds FK
Molde begins a gauntlet of six games in the month of May against Aalesunds Sunday evening.
American winger Joshua Gatt should be in the lineup, although he has missed the last three league games.
If Gatt were to play, it would be good news for the defending champions. Molde, along with all teams in Norway, averages a game every three days in May because of an UEFA guideline, stating that leagues should take a break during the European Championships.
Molde has six league games scheduled this month and has a Norwegian Cup game scheduled for Wednesday.
Molde will be without former Columbus Crew midfielder Emmanuel Ekpo, who broke his fibula in Molde's 2-1 loss to Sogndal, and defender Borre Steenslid is a game-time decision.
Aalesund will be without forwards Leke James and Kjell Rune Sellin and defender Jo Nymo Matland.
IL Hødd - Bærum SK
Still searching for its first Adeccoligaen win, Bærum has a good chance against 15th place Hødd.
American defender Sebastian Troupe should start somewhere on the back line for Bærum.
Bærum has collected only two points through three games and sits in last place, although the team has a game in hand.
Bærum will be without defender Morten Ruud Irgens and midfielder Daniel Berg because of injury, while midfielder Marius Lundemo must sit out a game because of the red card he recorded in last Saturday's 3-1 loss to Ullensaker/Kisa.
Hødd will be without midfielders Martin Haanes and Eirik Heltne and defender Victor Eriksson Grodås.
American duo Kyle Helton and Rhett Bernstein should start for Mjøndalen in its match against Tromsdalen Sunday.